We showed at Brotfabrik twice. The third re-incarnation of the project Ich Warte. After two days (off) learning lines and two days making we performed our version of The Seagull. We made a fifty-five minute show in around fourteen hours.
This is the Brotfabrik!
It looks big but that's because there is a cinema in there too. Our space looked like this:
We were pretty chuffed to have a space like this after Spandau... Where we could do a decent physical warm-up and felt pro-active rather then lethargic. Plus they have an incredible volunteer staff network who rigged all our lights and mopped the floors before we even got in on our opening night! Mad props.
Our set, with scripts. Continuing the transparency in the work:
So after the scramble of getting the structure into place we opened our show on the 10th to a really warm bunch of Berliners. Sebastian Sommer came which was awesome, as well as a few people from the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin. It was a full house and we were allowed to find our feet in the work.
Both nights went amazingly well. Here are some things we were working on:
How can we make found performers look as good as possible in their roles?
How can the storyteller always be present, especially in a dramatic situation?
How can much of a community can we make with of a group of strangers?
What rhythmic variation is possible within the set text?
Here we are having our first real Berlin curtain call. These can go for ten minutes, depending on the performance and the calibre of the ensemble. Ours was around two minutes long, which is still unexpected, cause, you know, Newtown, you get two bows max in Wellington. You can see our found performers with us. They played Nina, Konstatin and Trigorin at different points in the show: